Best of 2007: Bringing Sexy Back
This is the latest post in TreeHugger's series about the Best of 2007. More are on the way; stay tuned!
If 2007 taught us anything, it was that sustainability is sexy. From sex toys to sex trees, here are some ways that this year in green helped bring sexy back.
|1) The 2007 World Naked Bike Ride events were a savvy (sexy?) way to promote human-power vehiclists all over the world who took it to the streets to make their point: "It's time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create." If you were a little on the shy side, it's not a problem: you won't be discriminated against for going only "as bare as you dare". Body painting is always encouraged; now that's a sexy back.|
|2) Earlier this year, European law began a mandate of the recycling of electronic devices, making it now technically illegal, and certainly irresponsible, to send your unloved (or over-loved!) vibrators to the landfill. But wait, don't send your sexy back just yet -- users of this service are asked, of course, to please clean your toys first.|
|3) When it comes to dating vegans, you are what you eat. Or so found researcher Annie Potts, of the New Zealand Centre of Human and Animal Studies at Canterbury University, who coined the term "vegansexuals" in her study "Cruelty-Free Consumption in New Zealand: A National Report on the Perspectives and Experiences of Vegetarians and other Ethical Consumers." She found that many female respondents described being attracted to people who ate meat, but said they did not want to have sex with meat-eaters because their bodies were made up of animal carcasses. Hit the jump to get more sexy back...|
|4) As any good car mechanic will tell you, keeping the moving parts well lubricated is a key to continued smooth operation; with that in mind, we presented the sexy products from Yes. Completely free of parabens, glycerin, hormones, silicones and petroleum products, they offer both water and (plant) oil-based lubricants designed to "change your world from the inside." In addition to the list of nasties the products don't contain, there is one that we're pleased to see: the big O, as in organic ingredients.|
|5) We discovered the "sex tree" (that's Citropsis articulata, which, surprisingly enough, was not grown on a sex farm) -- a skinny bush whose roots are purported to cure impotence -- is facing an increasingly bleak future as poachers in Uganda's Mabira Forest Reserve rush to harvest it in ever larger numbers. Other tree species, including the medicinal Prunus africana -- which is used to treat malaria and certain forms of cancer -- is rapidly approaching extinction as well. That ain't sexy at all.|
How did you get your green sexy back in 2007? Let us know (spare the gory details, though) in the comments section below.